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The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!
Bde Maka Ska Park
Bde Maka Ska Park
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(612) 230-6400

3000 Calhoun Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55408   Directions

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Head to Lake Calhoun for some fun in the sun. Splash around in the lake with the kids, canoe together, watch the kids from a distance as you windsurf or even teach them how to ride - that's just the tip of the iceberg for family fun at the lake. If you're looking to stay dry, take a scenic walk around the lake. Whatever you do, don't forget the sunscreen!

Bell Museum of Natural History
Bell Museum of Natural History
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(612) 626-9660

10 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455   Directions

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Check out the extensive animal specimen collection at the Bell Museum of Natural History. You'll see the preserved collection of birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles, insects, invertebrates, plants, and mammals. The creatures are showcased in traveling exhibits, attractions, dioramas, and touch and see exhibits.

Canterbury Park!
Canterbury Park!
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(952) 445-7223

1100 Canterbury Rd
Shakopee, MN 55379   Directions

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The race is on at Canterbury Park! Along with horse races, the park also hosts a card club. Try your hand at the poker and blackjack tables or watch the ponies race to the finish line - all while having access to delicious food and your favorite drink in hand. Place your bets, and may the best horse win!

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
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(612) 370-4903

1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55422   Directions

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Stroll through the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary and take in all the beauty and floral attractions that Mother Nature has to offer. While walking the area and the 2/3 mile trail, you'll see over 500 plant species and 130 different birds. The 15-acre garden harkens back to 1907 and is said to be the oldest public wildflower garden in the nation.

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
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(800) 946-2274

39375 County Hwy 24
Morton, MN 56270   Directions

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Blackjack, poker, slots, and bingo are calling your name at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel. Try your luck at the games, dine on breakfast, burgers, steak, chicken, pasta and all the fixings at a casino restaurant or browse the entertainment calendar for the next best event. You won't get bored while searching for the jackpot at this casino attraction.

Mall of America
Mall of America
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(952) 883-8800

60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425   Directions

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Visit the Mall of America and learn why it's so much more than just a mall. With dozens of restaurants, a movie theater, and attractions like the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, the mall is the perfect place to spend a day having fun with the family.

Minnehaha Park
Minnehaha Park
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(612) 230-6400

4801 S Minnehaha Park Dr
Minneapolis, MN 55417   Directions

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Make a trip to Minnehaha Park and explore the 193-acres of one of Minneapolis' oldest parks. The park overlooks the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Falls. If you're not too busy using the park's hiking and biking trails, hang out at the Wabun picnic area and enjoy relaxing in the wading pool, playing disc golf, volleyball, or a picnic with the family.

Minnesota Children's Museum
Minnesota Children's Museum
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(651) 225-6000

10 W 7th St
St Paul, MN 55102   Directions

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Find out why Parents Magazine voted the Minnesota Children's Museum as one of the top ten children's museums in the nation. Visit the museum and let the kids explore nature, the arts, culture, science, and more through hands-on exhibits and attractions.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
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(952) 854-5900

3815 American Blvd E
Bloomington, MN 55425   Directions

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Head to one of the eight units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This natural attraction stretches along 34 miles of the Minnesota River, making it the largest American national wildlife refuge near an urban area. Certain areas of the refuge allow hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, hunting, and birdwatching.

Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo
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(952) 431-9200

13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN 55124   Directions

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Hang out with monkeys, flamingos, tigers, moose, and crocodiles at the Minnesota Zoo. While strolling through the exhibits and attractions, you'll see about 4,000 animals - sounds like a daunting task but you'll be having a blast and at the end of the day, you'll be wondering where the time went! There is so much to learn about the animals at the zoo, making the visit an educational and fun experience.

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
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(800) 262-7799

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN 55372   Directions

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Let's hope lady luck is on your side when you gamble at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The Midwest's largest casino attraction tests your luck with blackjack, slots, bingo, and more. If you're not having much luck, check the schedule and see who's hitting the Mystic Showroom stage. Heart, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller Band, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Peter Frampton and Hank Williams, Jr. have all played at the Mystic.

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
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(952) 883-0612

120 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425   Directions

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Get a closer look at the creatures of the ocean by exploring the exhibits and attractions at the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium. While peeking in the tanks, you'll see jellyfish, clownfish, sharks, stingrays, seahorses, octopuses, sea turtles, and much more. Be sure to visit the touch tanks for a hands on experience, and walk through the ocean tunnel - it allows you to get a look at ocean life from the inside, out!

Stone Arch Bridge
Stone Arch Bridge
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(612) 230-6400

100 Portland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401   Directions

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Get a closer look at a true Minnesota land mark. The Stone Arch Bridge was built in 1883 for use on the Great Northern Railway, now the monument stands as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge. The bridge is located near the beautiful Saint Anthony Falls, so you're sure to get some great pictures of the city and its attractions from this vantage point.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Treasure Island Resort & Casino
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(800) 222-7077

5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd
Welch, MN 55089   Directions

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Get ready to feed the slots and wear your best poker face for an excursion to Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Table games, bingo, slots, and poker are available to those wanting to gamble but if you're looking for some friendly competition or fun recreation attractions, you can find it on the lanes at the bowling alley or the greens of the golf course. Bored with games? Take a look at the calendar for the Island Event Center - your favorite entertainer may just be making an appearance at Treasure Island.

Valleyfair Amusement Park & Soak City
Valleyfair Amusement Park & Soak City
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(952) 445-7600

1 Valleyfair Dr
Shakopee, MN 55379   Directions

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Be ready for some wet and wild fun at Valleyfair Amusement Park & Soak City. Stay dry on roller coasters like Steel Venom with face-melting speed, scream while being launched in the air by the Power Tower, or brave the tides of the wave pool at Soak City. The park has plenty of family attractions and kiddie rides so that the whole family can have fun, from the toddlers to the thrill seekers.

Walker Art Center
Walker Art Center
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(612) 375-7600

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403   Directions

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Explore the arts at Walker Art Center, where you'll see art collections, exhibitions and attractions, dance and music events, art and design lectures, and film and theater works. The art center is one of America's "big five" museums, meaning it's categorized with the likes of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Hirshhorn.

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